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Discovering Hong Kong photographer Nancy Sheung in pictures   22%

The first UK exhibition devoted to the sculptural work of pioneering Hong Kong photographer Nancy Sheung is at the Photo Oxford Festival. Often focused on female subjects and characterised by strong shapes and patterns, Line and Texture: the Photography of Nancy Sheung is at the Hamlin Gallery, St Hugh’s College until 15 November

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Communist Party appoints influence agent Huang Xiangmo to top Hong Kong post   -8%

The 1500 members of the Hong Kong election committee have all been vetted by the Chinese security agencies and will help select almost half the Hong Kong legislature in 2022.

Nash Rawiller fought his body so hard he started losing his hair and fingernails. Now hes a saddle beast   50%

He was once derided in Hong Kong as having a riding style like a chef cooking fried rice over a wok. But Nash Rawiller has fought his body – and perception – to become a winning machine in the saddle.

Hong Kong columnists call for probe into hospitals treatment of award-winning writer who died in excruciating pain   -13%

A group of 14 pro-establishment columnists has submitted a petition to Hong Kong’s leader calling for an investigation into a hospital’s allegedly poor treatment of a veteran writer, whose death on Wednesday triggered a wider debate on the quality of the city’s public health care system.Jiang Xun, the 74-year-old deputy chief editor of weekly Chinese-language magazine Yazhou Zhoukan and award-winning writer, died in Yan Chai Hospital in Tsuen Wan.The writers’ letter, seen by the Post, urged…

Hong Kong man arrested on suspicion of desecrating Chinese flag on National Day  

A Hong Kong man has been arrested on suspicion of desecrating the Chinese flag after 31 of the five-starred banners were found vandalised and dumped on the ground in the residential district of Wong Tai Sin around National Day this year.District police approached the 49-year-old man, who told them he was unemployed, on Friday morning before detaining him over allegations of desecrating the national flag, criminal damage and arson.Hong Kong on ‘right track’, Carrie Lam says at security-focused…

Hong Kong elections: only opposition party to allow members to run for Legislative Council unlikely to make an impact even with candidates   2%

The only Hong Kong opposition party so far to allow its members to run in the coming Legislative Council poll – the first since Beijing’s electoral overhaul – is unlikely to make a significant political impact even if it fields candidates, according to its leadership and observers.Yeung Yuk, acting chairman of the Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People’s Livelihood, said the “difficult” decision was reached following heated debate between colleagues on Thursday night, as he warned of…

Hong Kong court appoints provisional liquidators to safeguard Next Digital interests pending decision on winding-up petition   5%

The High Court has appointed two provisional liquidators to safeguard the interests of Next Digital, a media group founded by jailed tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, pending the determination of a winding-up petition by the Hong Kong government.Madam Justice Linda Chan Ching-fan on Friday granted an application from Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po to appoint Sammy Koo Chi-sum and Clifford Tsui Chi-chiu of Ernst & Young Transactions, ahead of the petition hearing scheduled on December 15.The…

Hong Kong customs arrests 7 in swoop over 228 tonnes of Australian lobsters worth HK$180 million after mainland ban on imports   10%

Hong Kong customs has arrested seven people over incomplete declarations for 228 tonnes of Australian lobsters worth HK$180 million (US$23.1 million) after an unofficial ban by mainland China last year sparked a jump in imports locally.The arrests were made during an operation on Tuesday as customs officers conducted spot checks on 10 importers.The suspects, who were company directors, either made incomplete declarations or failed to lodge such forms regarding the import volume of 228 tonnes of…

Hong Kong couple admit abusing friends baby girl who died in their care after months of physical punishment   13%

A Hong Kong couple have admitted abusing a friend’s baby daughter, who was found malnourished and with 70 injuries after she died while in their care.On Friday, the High Court heard housewife Or Ching-man, 36, brought an unconscious Heiley Or to Tuen Mun Hospital in the early hours of June 20, 2019, claiming she might have choked on a soft pork bone while having congee the night before.But the 22-month-old child never woke up from her state of cardiopulmonary arrest and was certified dead…

Hong Kong student gets six months hard labour after being found guilty on explosives charge   -14%

A Hong Kong student has been sentenced to up to six months of hard labour for bringing explosives to school nearly two years ago, when the city was rocked by months of anti-government protests.Lai Man-kwong, 20, was sent to the Sha Tsui Correctional Institution on Lantau Island on Friday for keeping small traces of triacetone triperoxide (TATP) at Caritas Ma On Shan Secondary School on November 27, 2019.Passing sentence at the District Court, Judge Anthony Kwok Kai-on said a period of detention…

Hong Kong security chief accuses media outlet of demonising Article 23 national security legislation  

Hong Kong’s security chief has spoken out against “demonising” a long-shelved piece of local national security legislation that the government is seeking to revive, accusing a media outlet of “maliciously smearing” the proposed bill.Secretary for Security Chris Tang Ping-keung, writing in his blog on Friday, added that the government would consult the public over the security bill, mandated under Article 23 of the Basic Law, and would launch a “full speed” campaign to make it law during the…

4 University of Hong Kong student leaders face maximum of 7 years in jail if convicted over motion praising July 1 knife attack on police officer   7%

Four University of Hong Kong student leaders accused of promoting terrorism by passing a motion lauding a knife attack on a police officer face up to seven years in jail if convicted, after their impending trial was moved to a higher court.Former student union president Charles Kwok Wing-ho, 20, student union council chairman Kinson Cheung King-sang, 19, residential hall representative Chris Todorovski Shing-hang, 18, and Arts Association representative Anthony Yung Chung-hei, 19, returned to…

Suspect charged in murder of Hong Kong taxi driver   -5%

A 31-year-old man was charged with one count of murder on Friday in relation to the death of a Hong Kong taxi driver whose throat was slashed in Sai Wan.The suspect was arrested on Wednesday outside a shop on Lamma Island, one day after he allegedly attacked the 48-year-old taxi driver at the junction of Eastern Street and Queen’s Road West.The victim collapsed at the scene, and died shortly thereafter in Queen Mary Hospital.Officers searching the area discovered a bag full of bloodstained…

Coronavirus Hong Kong: Russian diplomat tests positive during home isolation, reigniting criticism of citys quarantine exemptions   11%

A Russian diplomat who was exempted from hotel quarantine after flying into Hong Kong has tested positive for Covid-19, triggering a lockdown of his residential building and reigniting public concerns over the self-isolation privileges granted to certain groups of people.The diplomatic status of the 55-year-old man, identified by a source as Russia’s deputy consul-general, allowed him to quarantine at home when he entered the city on October 5, but he was revealed on Friday to be a possible…

Hong Kong protests: Polytechnic University scientist who tried to help protester shot by police jailed for a year  

A Hong Kong scientist who sought medical attention for a protester shot by police during the 2019 unrest has been jailed for a year for taking part in an unlawful assembly.Dr Yau Wang-tat, who obtained a PhD in applied physics at Polytechnic University earlier this year, was sentenced at the District Court on Friday, one month after admitting the charge arising from the clashes in Tsuen Wan on October 1, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.Although a suspended…

Teachers at Hong Kongs kindergartens, semi-private schools next in line for Basic Law test, education chief says  

A new plan requiring more Hong Kong teachers to pass a test on the city’s mini-constitution to qualify for jobs would eventually be extended to kindergartens and semi-private schools as well, Hong Kong’s education minister revealed on Friday.Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung told a radio programme the government hoped as many as 2,000 freshly graduated primary and secondary schoolteachers would pass the new Basic Law test ahead of the start of the academic year next September.“In the…

Wang Xiangwei on why hes optimistic about the US-China relationship   -15%

This interview with David Barboza was originally published in The Wire China on September 26, 2021 and is republished with permission.Q: Let’s start with Hong Kong. There were violent protests there, then a new national security law was introduced in 2020. It looks like “one country, two systems” no longer applies. You were for a long time the editor of the city’s English-language daily, the South China Morning Post, and you write a column for the paper. How do you see things?A: As someone who…

Hong Kong stocks log third weekly advance as Geely, BYD surge on robust electric-vehicle sales   15%

Hong Kong stocks rose for a third week as Geely Automobile and BYD propelled the benchmark index to a one-month high on the back of robust electric-vehicle sales in mainland China.The Hang Seng Index climbed 1.5 per cent to 25,330.96 at the close on Friday, the highest level since September 14, bringing the advance this week to 2 per cent. Local financial markets were shut for two days this week because of typhoon Kompasu warnings and a public holiday.The Hang Seng Tech Index appreciated 1.8…

Climate change: Hong Kong companies face challenge as global guidance on reporting greenhouse gas emissions change  

The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) has released new guidance asking companies to change the way they report their greenhouse gas emissions, posing a challenge for businesses in Hong Kong as the city aims to align its listed firms with the framework by 2025.The international organisation of 32 members, set up by the Basel-based Financial Stability Board in 2015 to develop guidelines for voluntary climate-related financial disclosures across industries, updated its…

Big-ticket Western art fails to excite Hong Kong auction bidders, with a work by Chinese artist Zhang Daqian the most expensive painting in Sothebys autumn sale series   5%

Sotheby’s typhoon-battered Hong Kong autumn sales brought in HK$3 billion (US$400 million), 20 per cent less than the auctioneer’s spring auction series, despite earlier expectations of strong Asian demand for works by big-name Western artists.Among the lots were paintings by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Jean-Michel Basquiat.Sotheby’s autumn series comprised 17 sales covering various categories. They were held as scheduled at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition…

Kyle Bass disastrous Hong Kong dollar short has fizzled out. Heres how   -1%

A recent US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) case reveals how Kyle Bass bet against the Hong Kong dollar has fizzled – he has lost big, ensnaring some investors who funded his short through what the regulator said was an illicit stock offering.The details were laid out in a September SEC enforcement action that describes illegal financing of an ambitious start-up that sought to expose corruption involving Chinese government officials. The start-up – GTV Media Group, with ties to self…

Watsons closes shop in Tsim Sha Tsui after 20 years in latest sign of Hong Kong retail sectors struggle to survive coronavirus pandemic   1%

Personal health care chain Watsons said it will close its shop in one of Hong Kong’s major tourist locations on Thursday after leasing it for two decades, a sign of the retail industry’s struggle to survive a near-total absence of visitors during the pandemic.Watsons, owned by tycoon Li Ka-shing’s CK Hutchison Holdings, said the closure of its large store at Star House in Tsim Sha Tsui, a popular shopping destination, was because the pandemic had “severely affected the local economy and…

Hong Kong tycoon Richard Li-backed fintech Hyphen in advanced merger talks with blank-cheque firm Provident   11%

Hyphen Group, a financial technology firm backed by Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li Tzar-kai, is in advanced talks to go public through a merger with blank-cheque company Provident Acquisition, according to people familiar with the matter.A transaction could value the combined company at about US$1 billion, the people said, asking not to be identified because the matter is private. The deal may include a private investment in public equity, or PIPE, of about US$100 million anchored by…

Hong Kongs office rental market shows signs of recovery as more space is taken up than vacated for first time in two years   4%

Hong Kong’s office rental market is showing signs of recovery after being battered by 2019’s social unrest and the Covid-19 pandemic that immediately followed it.The three months to September saw “net absorption” for the first time in two years, meaning more space was taken up than left empty, according to Cushman & Wakefield.The property services giant halved its forecast for the overall average rental decline this year from a range of 8 to 13 per cent to between 4 and 6 per cent. The average…

China Coast Guard cracks down on smuggling  

The joint law enforcement fleet cruises in formation. (Photo by Jing Minguo)

By Gu Junfeng, Chen Jiachao and Wang Linwei

GUANGDONG, Oct 12 -- The China Coast Guard (CCG) Guangdong Bureau, Guangdong Provincial Department of Public Security, together with law enforcement and market supervision departments, and the Hong Kong marine police, carried out the "Operation Clearing the Bay" from October 1 to 7. The operation aimed to crack down on illegal ships including high-powered speedboats, as well as ships providing refueling, accommodation and other services.

The operation uncovered 55 gang smuggling cases, arrested 353 criminal suspects, seized 860 illegal ships, and investigated 49 illegal shipyards, as well as 62 illegal cold storages and trading places. A batch of imported engines, vehicles, frozen products, oil products and contraband products has been detained.

This operation was the first joint law enforcement operation in the waters of Guangdong and Hong Kong carried out by the CCG, public security, and Hong Kong marine police. The involved parties had dispatched ships to form a joint law enforcement fleet and improved the joint strike capabilities of Guangdong and Hong Kong in an all-round way.

The Guangdong Coast Guard will continue to closely work with relevant functional departments to maintain high-pressure and severe crackdown on maritime illegal and criminal activities, and safeguard the security and stability in this area.

Hong Kong to actively push for local legislation on safeguarding national security: Carrie Lam   11%

HONG KONG, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong will take forward proactively the enactment of local legislation on safeguarding national security to implement Article 23 of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Wednesday.

The Secretary for Security of the HKSAR government is drawing up effective and pragmatic proposals and provisions for the legislation, Lam said when delivering the annual policy address at a Legislative Council meeting.

Lam said the security secretary will make reference to past studies, the implementation experience of the national security law in Hong Kong that came into force in June 2020, and relevant court verdicts, as well as take into account the actual circumstances in Hong Kong.

The Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the HKSAR was passed unanimously by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on June 30, 2020. The law took effect at 11:00 p.m. local time the same day upon its promulgation by the HKSAR government in the Gazette.

After the legislation at the state level, Hong Kong still has the responsibility of enacting laws on safeguarding national security on its own, according to Article 23 of the HKSAR Basic Law.

Vowing continued efforts to safeguard national security, Lam said the HKSAR government will also combat fake news, protect cyber security, strengthen related education, and raise law-abiding and national security awareness of Hong Kong people.

The oath-taking requirements for public officers, including members of the just-formed Election Committee, will be further implemented, Lam said.

The 2021 policy address, the fifth of its kind since Lam took office in 2017, focuses on bolstering Hong Kong's economy, tackling an entrenched housing shortage and prompting Hong Kong to better integrate into the national development.

HKU to Remove Pillar of Shame, Erasing Memory of June Fourth Massacre   9%

Citing its “latest risk assessment and legal advice,” Hong Kong University’s (HKU) administration ordered the removal from its campus of the Pillar of Shame, a world-famous sculpture memorializing the victims of the Tiananmen massacre. The pillar is an icon of Hong Kong’s resolve to remember what the Chinese mainland was forced to forget, and its […]

Translation: Chang Ping on the Hong Kong Alliance and the Fight to Save Historical Memory   -10%

Hong Kong’s civil society is buckling under the weight of the National Security Law. Non-profits, media outlets, and advocacy groups are being forced shut, or else making the difficult decision to shut themselves down before the authorities do it for them. The latest victim of this purge is the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of […]

U.S. law firm Mayer Brown to cease work for University of Hong Kong in dispute over Tiananmen memorials removal  

The move comes after a controversy about a statue commemorating Beijing’s Tiananmen Square massacre that had stood at Hong Kong’s oldest university for 24 years.

Powerful Auction Veterans Aim New Company at Asian Market   10%

Amy Cappellazzo, Yuki Terase and Adam Chinn have joined forces to reach a growing pool of young collectors in Hong Kong and beyond.